Now, that number will jump to three.
On Wednesday night, Arians announced his decision to retire from coaching and transition into a front office role with the Buccaneers. In his place, defensive coordinator and former New York Jets head coach Todd Bowles will take over.
Bruce Arians is transitioning to the front office as our Senior Football Consultant. Todd Bowles has been named head coach.— Tampa Bay Buccaneers (@Buccaneers) March 31, 2022
“Tom’s decision to come back, along with Jason and his staff doing another great job of keeping the core of this team intact during free agency, confirmed for me that it was the right time to pass the torch to Todd,” Arians wrote in a statement about his decision to step down.
Arians’ decision has been weeks in the making, according to reports, but the eventual timing of the announcement is still noteworthy given that it is coming amidst speculation about an alleged rift between himself and Brady. The Buccaneers, according to the Tampa Bay Times’ Rick Stroud, insist that Arians stepping down and Brady returning from his 40-day retirement earlier this offseason are not related to one another.
Arians himself admitted butting heads with players, but not that those conflicts lead to him stepping down.
“Tom was very in favor of what I’m doing,” Arians himself said in a joint interview with NBC Sports and the Los Angeles Times. “I mean, I had conflicts with every player I coached because I cussed them all out, including him. Great relationship off the field.”
Whatever the reasons behind Arians’ transition to a different role, the Buccaneers are now the 10th team in the league changing head coaches this offseason. As opposed to the other nine, however, they did not conduct a long search for the new guy.